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THE VIEW FROM HERE DIRT FROM THE PREZ BMA CLUB EVENTS OVER THE BARS DIRT & METTLE WHITE COAT, BLACK BOOTS RACING PERSONIFIED OO REPORT WEC EXPERIENCE OFTR NEWS STILL KICKIN’ EXHAUST NOTE THE FINISH LINE

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SLASH Kaveri Gupta LAYOUT/DESIGN The Stig CONTRIBUTORS Bill Watson Larry Murray Mike Hillier Bryan “Flanny” Flannigan Glen Cooper Duncan Carpenter Doug Hunter Dr. Dan Curran Ron Golden Rob “Creekside” Martin Duncan Stewart Ken Hoeverman PHOTOGRAPHERS Anthony Kerr Kaveri Gupta Duncan Carpenter Joe Rubinski Shari Martin Eric Brackenbury Tracy Evans We are always looking for story ideas, contributing writers & photographers. If you would like to have fun and participate in an off-road motorcycle rag just for the hell of it, please drop us a line. You don’t need to be a good writer to participate, just enthusiasm and a love of riding off-road. Reviews, interviews, mechanical questions & solutions, design, photography, ride reports and event coverage are just SOME of the things we are interested in. Anything outside these topics or a weird hybrid of these is welcome. We have NO rules and can do and say whatever we want! How’s that for freedom of expression! Send subscription requests and any questions or comments to: offroad.newsletter@gmail.com Traction Disclamer: We in no way intend this to be a commercial publication. Views expressed here are our own and should be taken for what they are - valueless. A friend always says “Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story” and we do our best to honor that statement. If you are looking to challenge what you read here - don’t bother, just assume you are right and we are wrong. This rag exists because we LOVE riding motorcycles offroad and we love publishing. Everything is done by volunteers and no money is generated. If you are unhappy with that and feel the need to send us money - donations are accepted, PAYPAL preferred! If you think your product or service should appear in this rag, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do. Written permission must be obtained to reproduce, or reprint all or portions of the content contained herein.

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The view from here

BY DALLAS SHANNON

A long winter, wet spring and finally - great riding. It’s been a frantic scramble to get the eRag fermenting again but as you can see with your own eyes - we did it again! The majority of our column writers are back on payroll this year while others were lured away with lucrative contract offers from our competitors.

Riding Hatfield McCoy left me with a hankering for fresh eggs and major dental work.

In turn, we have also landed some new column writers, all of who required detailed contracts, many perks and a hefty salary. Our legal department spent long nights landing this kind of talent, we think it was worth it, we hope you do too. Duncan Carpenter wrote a few review articles for us last year and expressed a keen interest in getting more involved. Tenting on my front lawn was the turning point in Duncan’s writing career. We gave him a column and sent him on his way - providing he would ride the OO off-road series and write about his adventures (and mis-adventures) along the way. Duncan’s first story is entertaining and should give you some insight as to what it’s like to participate in the OO series. He’s promised to email his stories to us and not show up with a tent. Ron Golden is a mystery to me. I don’t know Ron but he ALWAYS seems to be riding in amazing places. Following Ron is like trying to keep tabs on Richard Branson - impossible to do but you just know they are having a blast. Ron’s rockstar lifestyle has led to a lot of time on the trail, and he tells us how it all began in this month’s article. We’re hoping that, despite his hectic adventure schedule, Ron continues to write for the eRag and gives us a glimpse into the life of the chosen few. Rob “Creekside” Martin is another legend in Ontario. His estate has it’s own motocross track (and equestrian centre) and it’s rumored to have it’s own full-time police and fire protection. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the property but when I was greeted by the pack of German Shepherds, I almost shit my diaper. Rob is coming to off-road riding and racing from the MX world and it’s going to be interesting to read about his experiences. Rob is primarily riding WEC events this season so he’ll offer insight into what it’s like to race those events.

Dr. Dan Curran is a most welcome addition to the eRag team. Dr. Dan is an emergency doctor and when not dispensing band-aids he can be found on a wide variety of 2 and 3 wheeled motorcycles (not a Spyder - we don’t hang with people who “drive” Spyders). Dr. Dan is great with a wrench and addicted to horsepower/engine mods. His column - White Coat, Black Boots - focuses on safety gear and trailside medicine; I struggle to understand the relationship... This year many of the BMA members have committed to tackling the Corduroy Enduro, myself included. In future issues you will see tales of us preparing for this event, the good, the bad and the ugly. Enjoy the eRag - drop us a line if you have comments, opinions or questions.

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dirt from the prez

BY BMA PRESIDENT MIKE HILLIER

Whatta nutso start to the 2011 ride season. Last year a number of us started off in Nevada, and by now had many more miles logged than I do now. All this “Ephing Rain” isn’t helping, as at last look Limerick is still closed and LaRose only recently opened. The bench is full of used tools and the Beast is pretty much ready to go – she’s missing a few parts compliments of last year’s Corduroy Enduro but she still starts and stops when she should. Well, sometimes she stops sooner than desired and that often hurts.....like with these ”Ephing Accidents” Club VP, Trevor, got up close and personal with a deadfall a couple weeks ago...he was lucky to only get a broken arm and some cracked ribs. I understand he knows a few of the city’s medical staff a lot better now, and also understands some additional uses for stainless steel screws and plates. About the same time, another fellow rider landed a jump that his ankle said No to. Now Jackson knows more of the city’s medical staff than Trevor, and will likely never pass through airport security clean again. Heal up, boys. We lost another member of our fraternity this spring.

Dave Makin will be sadly missed. The club started this year with our Annual General Meeting. Highlights included a revised set of Bylaws which had previously been lost to time (38 years, to be exact). These documents, which are registered with the Federal Government, now more accurately reflect how the club operates. Many thanks to Eric McSweeney on that one. The AGM also established our operating Board of Directors for 2011. After the super duper excitement of Bylaws and Directors was over, we were pleased to host Blair Sharpless as our guest speaker. Blair is a member of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and his stories were both exciting and inspirational. Our club event calendar is set. Look for it in this exciting addition of the e-rag. We start June 5th, with the Steve Garnsey Spring Trail Ride in Calabogie. As usual, we are lacking volunteers for all our events; please find a way to give back to the club – the pay isn’t great, but the company sure is. Many thanks to all the volunteers in 2010. Gotta go duct tape the Beast’s airbox. Looks like rain this weekend......imagine that. Mike

“EPHING RAIN, EPHING ACCIDENTS, AND WERE OFF LIKE A HERD OF TURTLES....”

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B.M.A. 2011 Club Events

(See forum and website bulletins for directions and additional information as events approach) Steve Garnsey Trail Ride

June 5th

The club’s guided spring trail ride in Calabogie…now named in honour of our late friend. Lots of scenery, great trails and varied terrain, suitable for most skill levels. For information call Doug McNeil mcneild@rogers.com or Heather Seeler dualsport@bytown-motorcycle-assoc.ca (for the dualsport ride)

2 Hour Harescramble, Woody’s

June 19th

This year’s event is again part of the Off-Road Ontario crosscountry provincial championship, www.offroadontario.ca. For info call Carolin or Woody 613 267 6861 or director-atlarge@bytown-motorcycle-assoc.ca

Limerick Forest Kid’s Ride

July 10th

The Limerick Forest Family Ride near Roebuck Ontario is part of the Ontario Trail Ride Series, for kids of all ages, non- competitive, and focused on fun. Trails are always well marked for different riding levels. Bikes must be quiet, plated and legal. Sign in 9-10, start time 10:30. Contact Dave Phifer at volunteers@bytown-motorcycleassoc.ca

Corduroy Enduro Pre-Ride

Aug 13 -14th

An expert level ride covering the trails of the famous Corduroy Enduro (run in September) for those members interested in entering the fall classic. Rider limit. Contact Larry Murray treasurer@bytown-motorcycle-assoc.ca or 613926-2522

BMA Family Fun Day

Aug 21st

This is the BMA’s Family Fun day at Woody’s. Fun for all ages, with field games, prizes for kids. For info call Carolin or Woody 613 267 6861 or director-at-large@bytownmotorcycle-assoc.ca

Calabogie Boogie Trail Ride

Sept 10-11th

Part of the Ontario Trail Ride Series, this is our club’s premier

event of the year, with two days of prime off road riding and arrowed routes to suit everyone from newbie to pro. Trailheads are marked for mileage and difficulty. Dualsport route offered as well. One and two-day packages, pre-registration is advisable. See flyer at this website and watch for updates and info. Contact: Trevor Bylsma 613-271-6217 or vice-president@bytownmotorcycle-assoc.ca

CVMG Trials, Lanark

Sept 26th

Near Watson’s Corners, this is the fall round of the local CVMG series for vintage and other observed trials enthusiasts. Contact Doug Hunter (613) 826-3748 or website@bytownmotorcycle-assoc.ca for more information.

BMA Fall Trail Ride

Oct 23rd

The club’s fall trail ride in Calabogie for members is a great way to have fun and learn the trails. Contact Larry Murray treasurer@bytownmotorcycle-assoc. ca 613-926-2522 or Heather Seeler dualsport@bytownmotorcycle-assoc.ca

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ANSWER FOR TheCANCER title goes tourhere BY THE GUY THAT WROTE IT

Most Cancer is Preventable … and 4 People are on a North American Mission to Spread the Word! The old adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ speaks volumes when the subject is cancer. Since the dawn of civilization or more precisely since the age of the Egyptian Pharaohs, cancer has plagued humanity and brought the lives of millions to a premature end. The statistics are a stark reminder that no one is immune. According to a recent article in Maclean’s magazine 1 in 3 North American women and 1 in 2 men will contract the disease. Specific strains are even more prolific. Estimates for prostate cancer reach inevitable levels among men at an alarming rate. Surveys show for example, a 50 year old male has a 50% chance of contracting prostate cancer, a 60 year old 60% and so on. If a man lives to be 100, he has a 100% chance of getting prostate cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates that between 80 and 90% of cancer is preventable, but most of us are not informed on what changes are needed in our diets and lifestyles to head off the disease.

Researchers have concluded that our environment and lifestyle contribute to the high rate of incidence among

humans. For example, the processed foods millions of North Americans consume daily is thought to feed cancer cells, fructose and refined sugars being the main culprits. The sad reality is that cheap processed food is what a great percentage of us eat, solely based on what many can afford. But the real cost is catastrophic. Cancer causing agents surround our modern daily lives. Food preparation methods, additives, fertilizers and chemicals all contribute to perpetuating the disease. Raising awareness is a competitive endeavor so one must take on something outstanding to get noticed and three friends are doing just that. Lori Bryan, Jason Bosa, Del Ferguson and Dr. Christina Tondora have all been affected by cancer on a deeply personal level so it made sense for them to take matters into their own hands and do something significant. For these friends, setting out on a cross continent motorcycle tour is their way of carrying the ‘cancer is preventable’ message. Lori, Jason and Del will attempt to ride across 48 US states and all 10 Canadian provinces in a 20,000 mile tour that is sure to raise eyebrows and awareness. Dr. Tondora will accompany them in a chase vehicle, keeping them healthy along the way. They will be speaking at scheduled events along the way, sharing tips on how to Traction


Riding North America for Cancer Prevention mitigate the risk of contracting this rampant disease. Why would four otherwise sane individuals take on such an affair?   “I would simply love for people to really understand that they can mitigate their risk of getting cancer by making better lifestyle choices. I’ve spent too many hours in chemotherapy treatment rooms, watching the fear, pain, financial loss and life disruption of the patients, to just sit back and do nothing. And as a society, I don’t think we should just wait around for the cure. Is about education, personal responsibility and personal sustainability. It’d love to see it become cool to be healthy and uncool to poison ourselves with fast foods and other toxins.  ” ~Lori   “As a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, I believe in the healing power of nature. For many years, we have been told, we must “fight” cancer, and we have developed toxic substances to ‘kill’ cancer. But, whom are we fighting? And what are we killing? Ourselves! Cancer cells are not some foreign thing inside us; they are our own cells that have lost proper functioning. It is time we take responsibility of our health, and become aware of how our daily choices affect us. I am proud to be riding with Lori and Jason bringing this message of education and awareness. The time to ACT is now.”  ~Dr. T   “I have grown tired of being a bystander and watching

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people damage themselves without even knowing it. I now feel it is my opportunity to help educate so that we do all we can do to minimize our health risks and share that knowledge openly in an effort to protect our friends and families from a tragic fate. Despite the distance and time involved to accomplish our mission, I am confident that this tour will be completed and, if we change the lives a few people along the way, it will be successful as well.” ~Jason     “It can be a very daunting task to make the big changes to a healthier lifestyle, join us as we break it down into a language you can understand. Take baby steps, but take some steps. It won’t be long before the good habits become your daily routine. You will see that smile grow bigger and bigger everyday. We invite you on this journey, meet with us, ride or follow us on the internet as we all make changes, one step at a time.” ~Del   

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over the bars

BY BRYAN (FLANNY) FLANNIGAN

Rain or Shine?

“Dunno Guys…forecast is looking pretty bleak for the weekend ride, I think I might be out”. Oh brother. The weather forecast e-mails can’t possibly be starting already, can they? I reply: “Dude, next Sunday is still 7 days away, I just unloaded my gear from this morning’s ride. Forget the forecast. See you next Sunday”. This is surely the beginning of another long week of weather speculation. I can’t forecast weather, but I think I can accurately call the e-mail forecast. “This week in the Ottawa area we expect a flurry of e-mails on Friday, with a 40 per cent chance people bailing from the ride on Saturday. There will be heavy and sometimes frantic e-mailing on Saturday night, with the threat of the whole Traction

ride falling apart in the early hours of Sunday morning”. I can’t really say understand the whole motorcyclistturned weather forecaster thing. Even the most skilled meteorologist is wrong probably about 50% of the time on a two-day forecast. I bet my cat’s clawing and nudging patterns could probably better be interpreted for a 7-day forecast that the seemingly randomly -generated forecasts of the weather network site. I secretly wish that my own job-security could be as good as that of the weatherman. My boss comes into my office. “Flannigan, your project costs are over-budget by 15 per-cent, what’s going on? Two days ago, you


said the project was well under budget, and on track for a serious wind-fall”. “Oh yeah, Greg, sorry about that, our predictive models showed that twodays ago, but yesterday there was a ridge of sub-contract activity moving through, and well, our models aren’t good at predicting that, so…we’re actually really over budget. The good news is that there is a clipper system of additional revenues moving in quickly from Barrett and Associates that could change the picture. The seven day forecast calls for profitability to be restored by Thursday, and then record earnings come the long-weekend”. My ass would be fired in about thirty seconds, but not the weatherman’s, he is safe no matter how bad he messes-up. Thursday night, I prep the bike for the weekend ride. Conditions have been pretty wet, so I check the brake pads, the chain, and the fork seals. All look good. Last Sunday after the ride, I washed my gore-tex jacket, pants, and socks (yes – gore-tex sox!, Google it!), and applied a fresh nikwax treatment. It’s been a rainy spring, and the good gear makes all the difference. Looks like all I have to do for Sunday’s ride is pack a lunch, and load the truck Saturday evening. I’m all set regardless of the weather. Saturday, the weather e-mails begin in earnest. “Dunno guys…Calling for 70% chance of showers” “Weather network only showing 40% chance, but Environment Canada calling for 20mm of rain, heavy at times” “I just checked Weather Underground, they are calling for clearing overnight, and partly sunny in the morning, let’s just ride. See you pansies at 8:00 with my motor running” “I’d rather snuggle with my wife in my warm bed than ride in the rain at anything less than 15 degrees” “I’d rather snuggle with his wife too….” “I’m out” “Me too…Forecast is too scary, and I’m made of sugar.” “You bunch of sissies…let’s just ride” “Let’s call it in the morning…” By the time I go to bed on Saturday night, a ride group of eight is down to three. Traction


Rain or Shine... Sunday morning, I awake to light rain falling. I get in the truck, and head out to the trail. Wipers on intermittent, to the east the sky is dark and ominous; to the west looks like it might (maybe, maybe) be clearing. Which will win out? The wicked East’s, evil, dark, and miserably cold ride, or the West’s promising clear skies? It’s another hour to the trailhead, so we’ll find out soon enough. Arriving at the trailhead, there is only one lonely bike loaded on one lonely truck. “Where’s Ricky?” “Bailed this morning” “Alright…let’s gear up then” The rain had tapered to drizzle, and by the time we fire the bikes up, I no longer have any droplets on my goggles. The dark skies in the east are receding, and the some blue sky is opening up in the west. Looks like it’s going to clear up. We have a great ride! Maybe one of the best rides of the season so far. The trail is slick from the rain, but it makes for a fun and challenging day. As we load the bikes, we are joking about all of those other suckers who bailed. We imagine them mowing their lawns, planting annuals in their flower beds, grocery Traction

shopping, or repairing the broken clothes dryer vent that has been bugging their wives for months… Just before heading out, we make arrangements for the following weekend. “Same time next Sunday?” “Sure thing. Rain or Shine.” ∆


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Dirt & Mettle BY RON GOLDEN

Most of us can remember a defining point in our lives when we really started taking an interest in dirt bikes. That point in my life came in 1970 with a group of friends riding our bicycles on dirt bike trails behind my friend Keith’s house. It was the first time I’d actually seen motorcycles up close on these trails and, please don’t mention this to anybody else, they scared the heck out of me. Essex County where I grew up is notoriously flat, so much so that as kids our dad used to take us to the highway overpass on the outskirts of Windsor just to go tobogganing down its side. Rest assured that on a

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snowy day we were not the only family there. The dirt bike trails we were bicycling that spring afternoon snaked their way through the woods and around the lazy creek which meandered through the rear of the property. Aside from being a remote area to ride, it was one of the few areas one could find some interesting elevation changes and hills. I’m talking “BIG” hills…with elevation changes upwards of twenty, maybe even thirty feet, carved out over previous centuries by the muddy creek. As we pedaled our way towards one of these hills we met up with four dirt bikes coming towards us from the opposite direction.

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“FEAR CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE, OR HOLD YOU BACK FROM LIVING ONE.” In addition to the flat topography, the region also boasts a heavy clay soil. A slick, sticky, putty of a base which was like riding on cracked concrete when dry and chocolate ice cream when wet. While the trails were fairly dry this day, water tracked up this hill side from the creek at its base provided more than enough challenge for the four Hodaka mounted riders now heading towards it. What ensued was a cacophony of screaming, smokebelching 100cc bikes each taking turns alternatively charging, falling, crashing and paddling their way to the top. At one point a rider on his Super Rat found unexpected traction part way up the hill, the bike launching out from under him, sending him tumbling backwards while the rider-less missile looped into the adjacent and numerous Hawthorn trees. Although I had no idea what was going on at the time, no doubt the throttle cable got snagged on a branch as the spastic bike now lay on its side, throttle stuck wide open, howling insanely like some tortured beast, the back wheel spinning like an unguarded buzz saw as the rider scrambled up, lurching for the kill switch. This bit of thrilling entertainment was met with wild cheers and laughter from his fellow riders. I watched on in silent fright at the violent mayhem. I thought these guys were completely insane. You’d have to be to get on one of these evil contraptions that possessed a mind of its own. My friends had all seen these bikes before. They all talked about motorcycles; they wanted badly to have their own bikes to ride these trails with. But was this what it was all about? Risking life and limb on these crazy machines? I surely wanted nothing to do with them… as this sickening feeling grew in the pit of my stomach anticipating that some day, I might have to get on one… and in front of my friends. Fear has been defined as “the ability to recognize danger and flee from it or confront it.” Fear can save your life, or hold you back from living one. It wasn’t long before I had to confront the fear instilled in me on the hillside that spring day. Soon my friends started to buy cheap, small old street bikes, stripping them down for the dirt. My first ride on a friend’s 1960’s vintage (almost scooterlike) Kawasaki 85 was…well…a lot of fun! Soon after that my bother and I bought a Honda SL100. From that point on came years of learning, crashing, pushing limits,

setting goals, and competing; a cycle which eventually led to comfort, competence, fulfillment and a sense of achievement on top of one of those crazy machines. Yet still, even after 40 years and countless ride that cycle continues for me. Confronting your fears may be what motivates you to loosen your grip on the clutch lever and put yourself into motion for your very first ride. A bit bigger than an 85 but close... Or it could be what challenges you to hit that rock ledge on the trail with just enough speed and technique to clear it; or lay the bike over just a little bit further and rail around that bermed corner a little faster this time. Whether we like it or not, fear sets limits on what we’re comfortable doing and when you stop pushing (perhaps in ever so small amounts) your limits, you have stopped learning and stopped growing as a rider…and maybe as a person.

THE SPASTIC BIKE NOW LAY ON ITS SIDE, THROTTLE STUCK WIDE OPEN, HOWLING INSANELY LIKE SOME TORTURED BEAST There us nothing “wrong” with reaching limits, we all hit our “peak” (skill-wise) as riders at one time or another. Becoming faster or tackling the gnarliest trail sections just isn’t as important to us as it once might have been. Our focus often changes from skills improvement or race results to enjoyment of the sport for the sake of itself, or perhaps the many social aspects of being with like-minded individuals, some of whom become life-long friends. ∆

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STEVE GARNSEY MEMORial trail ride - 2011

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white coat, black boots THE DARK ART OF TRAILSIDE MEDICINE - BY DR. DAN CURRAN

KNEE BRACES - YEA OR NAY? “I don’t care what you say, I’m fine with my old Velcro knee guards.” “I really think I should buy a new full knee brace just to be safe.” “You might save your knee, but you’ll break your leg if you wear one of those.” “I’ve injured my knee before, so I’m not taking any chances. I’m wearing braces.” “I can’t ride with those things on, I can’t feel the trail at all, they are so distracting.” “I feel much better with braces, almost invincible. Wouldn’t ride without them!” “More protection is never a bad thing. ATGATT!” “Those braces are almost $1000! They’re not worth that much money!”

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Lately I’ve spent a good deal of time thinking about and researching knee braces. This is because first, a friend and riding buddy suffered a complete ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) rupture during a trivial incident on the trail. Second, because of my own torn medial meniscus after a very unspectacular high-side at last year’s Sandblast Rally race (right under the big inflatable Red Bull sign and in front of a crowd of appreciative spectators). Third, because my fundamental belief is that more protection must be better than less, so when I look at gear catalogs and read about knee braces produced for off-road motorcyclists, my first reaction is that they simply must be a good idea. Regardless of what you or I might think is a good idea, in medicine, even “expert opinion” is considered one of the weakest forms of evidence. I’ve thoroughly searched the actual published research articles , and hopefully this will give you enough grist for the mental mill to come to your own informed decision. Knee injuries are one of the most common extremity injuries in any kind of impact sport, including off-road motorcycling, and the potential consequences of a serious knee injury can be devastating. Preventing knee injuries is obviously a pretty good idea. Let’s review a bit of knee anatomy before we go any further.

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Here is a clear look at the front of the right knee joint. Medial means ‘towards the middle’, and lateral means ‘off to the side’. You will see the tough, slippery, shockabsorbing cartilage of the joint between the thigh and shin bones (medial and lateral menisci), and the major ‘collateral’ ligaments (lateral and medial), which stabilize the knee joint from direct side forces.

Finally, this closeup view shows the two important ‘cruciate’ ligaments of the knee, the anterior cruciate (ACL), which is in front of the posterior cruciate (PCL). Those two big ligaments are shaped like an X in the middle of the joint, and stabilize the knee from front-toback movements. Major knee injuries in motorcycling, like football and other high-energy sports, most commonly involve the ACL, and often with other associated injuries (usually the MCL and one or both menisci). Complete ACL tears are a big deal, and will cause significant swelling and pain of the knee, and will require many months of rehabilitation, either with or without surgical repair (which is a debate we won’t address here). The question we need to ask ourselves is whether or not wearing full knee braces can either prevent major ligamentous/soft tissue knee injuries (or at least significantly reduce the severity). We can break this roughly into three groups. First, most of us have not been seriously injured in the past, and we want to try and prevent an injury. Second, those riders who have had a major injury (i.e. complete ACL tear) without surgical repair (i.e. they have an inherently LESS stable knee). Third, those that have had a major injury which has been surgically reconstructed, and should be back to roughly normal, after rehabilitation is complete.

This view shows the major tendons that attach the kneecap to the shin bone, which allows your quadriceps muscles to extend (straighten) the joint.

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white coat, black boots... injuries in off-road motorcycling, done by “Dr. Mark” (Mark Sanders), moderator of the health/fitness forum at Thumpertalk.com. His study claims to suggest a decrease in the frequency of knee injuries among those riders that wear knee braces, although there is absolutely no way to make that claim based on the way his study was done. There are many other studies of preventative knee bracing, mostly in college football, rugby, and some alpine skiing, all of which fail to show any reliable benefit to preventative bracing or taping. Some of those studies in fact show an increase in injuries in those wearing braces. Second group – previously injured, unrepaired knees (i.e. pre-existing complete ACL tear). For these riders, it looks like wearing a brace to provide some extra stability to a knee is probably a good idea. Third group – previously injured, surgically repaired. There is again no evidence of benefit to wearing a brace after your knee is fixed and the rehab is complete. Some surgeons recommend a brace during the rehab period (i.e. 6 months-1 year after the operation), and some do not. Interestingly, after that period of time, there does not appear to be any benefit in continuing to wear a brace to prevent re-injury of the re-constructed knee (although you may well get different advice from any particular surgeon based on his/her own habits). I started this research trying to convince myself that I needed to spend $800 on a set of knee braces, but unfortunately the evidence supporting preventative knee-bracing is very weak. As far as we can tell at this point, braces are useful only for the group of people that have a known, significant, unrepaired knee injury. This is almost certainly because knee braces cannot stop enough force to prevent injury if you’re in a crash big enough to tear your knee apart in the first place. Some argue that wearing a brace makes one “aware” of his/her knees, and ride more cautiously, thus reducing the chance of injury. Others suggest there is increased harm due to the feeling of invincibility from wearing extra gear which may not actually protect you. All that being said, there is a group of riders who may be thinking to themselves: “Ok, so the evidence isn’t great, but the knee brace can’t hurt, so I’d rather not Traction

take my chances”. If cost is a non-issue, that is probably fine. However, we can’t simply think of cost:benefit ratios in medicine, but also harm:benefit, as there is always the potential for unintended consequences. Some physiology studies that I read suggested that muscle development, performance, and blood flow is compromised when wearing a brace, and may actually cause some long-term weakening and muscle damage (although this is only theoretical). I spoke in person to three sports physicians (two orthopedic surgeons specializing in knee injuries, and one sports general practitioner (GP) who serves as the team physician for our local OHL hockey club). I described the nature of aggressive trail-riding and asked their personal opinions about braces. The sports GP acknowledged there was no evidence of benefit, but ‘if they were my knees, I’d wear the brace just in case’. Both orthopedic surgeons, interestingly, recommended against preventative bracing (except for those major injuries which have not been surgically fixed), due to concerns about limitation of function, and high cost. All three physicians commented that stretching/daily activity/strengthening was better than wearing a brace. Like everything else in life and motorcycling, the decision to wear knee braces is a personal choice. If you have an unstable knee, you’re likely already wearing a brace, and that’s a good idea. However, for the majority of us, it appears to be a much more difficult decision, and I hope I’ve been able to give you some more facts and perspectives to help you make that choice. Ride safe, ride smart! Dr. Dan Curran *please feel free to forward any comments, feedback, and suggestions for new articles to decurran@gmail. com, or find me on ADVRider as ‘Country Doc’ and send me a PM. See you on the trails!*∆


DAVID L. MAKIN: 1949-2011 By Doug Hunter

Dave Makin sadly passed away on Tuesday, May 10th after a long battle with cancer. As many know, he was a pillar in the Ottawa motorcycle community, being a member of the original BMA and longtime member and co-founder of many area clubs. He was involved with both on- and off-road riding on classic and modern bikes alike. With the BMA and other organizations, Dave was involved with motorcycle safety, road racing, trail riding, ice racing, touring, dual sport riding and of course trials competition. Just last fall we celebrated 25 years of events at his Lanark area property. With Dave ill, other club members ran this spring’s event, however despite early hopes we might see him out on May 15th, and Dave passed away a few days earlier. Despite the tough timing, we knew Dave would have wanted us to continue, and fittingly, a good selection of classic trials bikes roamed the woods of his property…reminiscent of event many years back. I think Dave would have been pleased. The BMA sent a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in Dave’s memory. ∆

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racing personified BY DUNCAN CARPENTER

INTRODUCTION TO OFFROAD ONTARIO Every year, I usually get the itch to ride around the same time - late February. This year is the first time I did anything about it by going on a riding vacation in Georgia. The terrain was tough, and to make things worse it rained every day, making my vacation more work than I expected. I came home with some bruises, blisters, and about 200 pounds of red mud which still won’t wash off the bed of my truck. Apparently, I also brought back the Georgia rain. All this rain has forced many popular riding areas to remain closed longer than usual. You can blame me for these closures if it helps you cope, but there are other opportunities to ride out there if you’re willing to look. Offroad Ontario (OO) hosts Cross Country (XC) and Enduro events for off-road and dual-sport riders. There are about 15 opportunities to participate in an OO event this spring, summer and fall. These events offer riders of all genders, ages and skill levels to experience some incredible new terrain in a well organized environment. The schedule, classes, rules and other information can be found on the OO website www.offroadontario.ca. I will be writing about my experience racing in the XC series this season and I hope to see some of you readers in the pits and on the starting line. I have only been riding dirt bikes for about 3 years and I haven’t raced anything except maybe a season of track and field in elementary school. I was incredibly nervous when I pulled into the parking area of my first race in Port Colborne. The starting line actually helped calm my nerves. Being in the beginner class (for now), I started in one of the last rows to go. This gave me the opportunity to watch several other classes go before me. Each class starts in a line and about a minute apart starting with the fastest riders and ending with the slowest riders. This allows every class time to spread out to avoid any jams and make passing easier.

THE OO DIARIES

Most of the time you will hear the faster riders coming behind you, but some bikes are very quiet and these riders will give a yell to let you know they are there. They are not yelling because they are mad so there is no need to panic, they are just letting you know they are there. Once you are aware there is a faster rider coming, you are expected to move over and let them go on their way. You must consider your own safety when doing this. The faster riders are pretty patient and will let you continue riding to a safe and convenient place to pull over. This often only takes a few seconds and almost every time the faster rider will give you a “thank you” yell as they go by.

“I HAVEN’T RACED ANYTHING EXCEPT MAYBE A SEASON OF TRACK AND FIELD IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL” With most of the riding areas closed due to weather, there are many riders out just to have some fun and go at their own pace. Even though it’s considered a race, the main goal is to have fun. Port Colborne was muddy, exhausting and cost me a front rim. I finished 8th in the beginner class which I’m happy with because my only goal was to finish. The most important thing is that I was having fun and riding my bike - which is a pretty big deal considering the spring we are having. So if you’re sick of sitting around waiting for your local riding area to open, or want to experience some new riding areas, then quit watching the rain fall and come on out to an Offroad Ontario event. ∆

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The 00 report BY BILL WATSON

2011 HUSQVARNA OFFROAD ONTARIO ENDURO SERIES ROUND 2 - THE MINI PINE ENDURO HOSTED BY OCMC

May 15th was a little wet and soggy after it had been raining for a few days, but that wasn’t enough to damped the spirits of nearly 200 hard core off-road riders who came to test their skills in the Ganaraska. OCMC set up some interesting trails that offered some fairly easy morning tests for younger riders and some more challenging sections in the afternoon to test the skills of the more wily veterans. The racing was good and throughout the pack times were close and obstacles challenging with lots of logs, ruts and whoops to contend with. Class winners were: MINI SENIOR: RYDER HEACOCK LADIES A: EMILY HEAD LADIES B: RACHEAL NELSON BEGINNER: J ROBB NOVICE: CONNOR BROGAN INTERMEDIATE: JUSTIN LEWIS VETERAN: CRAIG KENNEDY SUPER VETERAN: RICK HONE MASTERS: FRANK SUTTON VET EXPERT: SCOTT ROCHER EXPERT: B. JONES PRO: MIKE VANDENHOEK

All the results will be posted on the Offroad Ontario Website shortly at offroadontario.ca. Our next event is the XC at the Cochrane Farm in Colburn brought to you by the Northumberland Trail Riders next weekend, see the website for more details. KTM/Offroad Ontario Cross Country Championship Round Two, Colburne Ontario Hosted by the Northumberland Trail riders on Jim Cochrane’s farm. The NTR crew take their race seriously, the course was prepared to perfection, course marshals were everywhere and coursework continued throughout the day to keep things working smoothly. Dark clouds threatened this Sunday’s race but never really produced much in the way of rain to dampen the enthusiasm of the nearly 200 riders who showed up to race. Our friend Predi and the Red Bull Crew came out with the tent and the sound system again this year and were an awesome addition to the event. Thirteen pro riders were on the line when the flag dropped and we were in for some great racing action. The cast of characters was a little different with newcomer Josh Long giving Brian “Wojo” Wojnarowski fits for the first few laps as they traded the lead often. On lap seven Brian finally wore out the young upstart and claimed the lead for the final time. Number one plate Mike Vandenhoek had a back of the pack start but was making progress through the field when he suffered a mechanical failure on lap 5 which ended his race. Luc Leonard rounded out the podium in third where he spent most of the race


THE WIDE OPEN SECTIONS WERE FAST AND FUN watching Wojo and Long do battle. The rest of the afternoon classes also saw some good action on a rooty and rutted course. The results are as follows: EXPERT: 1ST RILEY JONES, 2ND BRAYDON JONES, 3RD MIKE MCCAW. VET EXPERT: 1ST ANDY POST, 2ND DENIS LIBERSAN, 3RD JON HEAD. INTERMEDIATE: 1ST IAN OTTEN, 2ND JED FRANCO, 3RD DARYL WESTERVELD. The morning race saw some great battles, with only seconds separating the top three in the vet class after over 2hrs of racing, Jamie Piker squeeked out a win in front of the charging pair of Al Strong and Brian Hruda. In Super Vet, Rick Hone took over the lead from John Nelson on the last lap. Nelson lead the whole race but suffered a flat tire. Elmo Rutnik and Wayne Brogan rounded out the top three. The rest of the morning classes looked like this: MASTERS: 1ST JOEL LEPLEY, 2ND TED DIRSTEIN, 3RD RICK DAY NOVICE: 1ST CONNOR BROGAN,

2ND AL SNIVELY, 3RD MARK EGO. LADIES A: 1ST EMILY HEAD, 2ND MELISSA HEAD, 3RD KATHLEEN HEAD BEGINNER: 1ST BRAYDON POIRIER, 2ND JASON WILSON, 3RD DARCY MEREDITH. Finally the small wheel classes saw a couple of Pontypool boys take wins in both classes. In Mini Sr, Ryder Heacock defended last years title with a win and in Mini Jr, John Hruda put nearly two minutes on his competition to take a convincing win. In Mini Sr., 2nd place went to Clark Roylance and 3rd was Kyle Collette. In Mini Jr., 2nd place was Noah Bears and 3rd Keagan Frederikse. All the results can be found on the OO website at offroadontario.ca. Thanks to KTM, our title sponsor and our other sponsors who help to bring these events to our riders: Orange Motorpsorts, Machine Racing, Ross Rocher Sales, Apex Cycle Sports, Stadium Suspension, Lachapelle Racing Products, Hone Printing, GP bikes and Woody’s Cycles. Cross Country Championship - Round 4 in Mansfield, hosted by Halton Off-Road Riders Last year we came over the hill to see snow, so no Traction


matter what the weather was this year, it was going to be an improvement. The weather was good and over 200 racers came out to ride what is considered many racers favourite venue.

and chasing but not able to catch “Mr. Agro” Nelson in the end, Niels Pearson rounded out the podium.

In the feature race the Pro’s were tearing it up, Brian “Wojo” Wojnarowski was in another battle with young Josh Long with Mike Vandenhoek in chase mode. Wojo and the kid had a good race again this week with the same result, you could have thrown a blanket over them for the first four laps until Wojo was able to post a bit of a gap. The finishing order was Wojo, Long, then Vandenhoek.

VETERAN: 1ST JEFF STEPHENS, 2ND JIM SCOTT, 3RD WILL AKERHOEK MASTERS: 1ST LONELY TED DIRSTIEN NOVICE: 1ST CONNOR BROGAN, 2ND ERIK YOUNG, 3RD MARK EGO BEGINNER: 1ST TOM RANKIN, 2ND ALEX WATSON, 3RD CODY MCKEACHNIE

The expert class was the Jones show for the second week in a row, with Braydon beating out Riley and Mike McCaw taking the last step on the podium for the second week in a row. In the Vet Expert class it was 1st Jamie Jones, 2nd Randy Zuest and 3rd Jon Head. In Intermediate Ryan Faber won by seconds over Ian Otten in 2nd with 3rd going to Jed Franko. In the morning classes we had some great racing, it was a Head family sweep again in the growing Ladies A class with the order the same as last week, EMILY 1ST, SISTER MELISSA 2ND AND MOM KATHLEEN 3RD. Its turning into an epic battle between Super Veteran’s John Nelson and Rick Hone with Hone pulling a bad start

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The rest of the morning classes looked like this:

In the early race John Hruda has a streak going with two wins in a row in Mini Jr. Keegan Frederiksa improved on last week for a second place finish and Stuart Hill grabbed third. Mini Sr. saw Ryder Heacock fight his way through to lead only to throw it away with a nasty crash on lap three which handed the lead and eventually the win to a charging Clark Roylance, Heacock remounted for a solid second place and Derek Post cam home third. In the Ladies B class Delaney Brogan came away with the win, Elizabeth Holloway 2nd and Rachael Tustin held on for third. ∆


the wec experience BY ROB “CREEKSIDE” MARTIN

The first race of my 2011 racing season was held at Motopark in Chatsworth Ont. Due to my work schedule, I’m forced to cherry pick events; some OO and some WEC. As an aside, I really enjoy both series. The OO offers a classic off-road race with a club atmosphere and some great course layouts. The WEC offers a higher speed shorter course with a bit of an MX flavour which occur at some new venues. My wife and I went up Saturday so we could be there for the morning class. I am supported by Apex Cycle Sports in Waterloo and we are also providing trackside support for the off-road community. As well, some pro riders show up the day before to walk the course. I joined Bryan Marshall (Swampy) and a few others on a course walk. The course was very wide; in most places it was wide enough to drive a full size truck. However, it was strewn with round rocks ranging in size from golf ball to soccer ball, some loose and some planted in the dirt securely. The weather, like everywhere this spring, was rainy and it had been wet for the week leading up to the race. Surprisingly, the course was not in too bad of condition with only a few mud holes, all with solid bottoms. The kids’ race went very well. I love watching these guys give it all they have. The enthusiasm and passion is raw, it’s a lesson in life every time I see it. The adult morning class did their best to empty out all the mud holes. By the time it was my turn to line up, the sun was out and the course was as dry as it had been all day. As I lined up against the Vet Masters (Vet Expert) I tried to remain calm and just race my race the best I can. I managed to pull the holeshot, but some of these guys have some serious skill and after 4 turns I was in 3rd. I chased Dave Nelson around for a lap or 2, I seemed to be finding my groove and Dave was gracious enough to leave ample room for a pass on the wider GP style section of the course. The laps were approximately 9 or so minutes long for our class, so I just kept plugging away. Traction Traction


Every lap my wife would be in a different section taking pictures and cheering me on with suggestions for line choices. Yes, even when I’m racing she tells me where to go! The electronic scoring the WEC uses is awesome! As you go through the tower it tells you your position and how far behind you are from the person in front of you. In my case it said 2nd and then a time. When I finally started to pay attention to it, I realized that I was a couple of minutes behind the leader. As each lap passed I realized I was cutting about 30 seconds off, at least that was the math my fatigued brain was feeding me. I began to push

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a little harder, not really considering that Paul Lachance (the leader) was likely cruising and at first sight of me he would have turned on the gas and left me for dead. Earlier I mentioned the life lessons the kids teach me? Another great lesson revealed itself on lap ten. When riding at 90% for 90 minutes, giving a little extra is risky! It was a difficult sandy/rocky uphill, I got a funny kick off a root or rock during the climb and couldn’t control the speed. I spit off the side of the hill, tumbling head over heels to the bottom. A few young guys who were watching helped me get upright and situated. My energy was zapped so I tried my best to keep on track and bring down my heart rate. Still bagged, my buddy Dave Nelson


snuck up behind me on his stealth Husaberg and blew by me to take 2nd, I finished in 3rd. It was a great race and aside from my mistake on the hill, I felt I rode well. The best part of all this riding is the camaraderie, joining friends after the race to chat and tease is great. I’m a newcomer to off road racing (I am in my second year) and I’m truly amazed at how great the off-road racing community is. Sponsorship and support for Apex Cycle Sports Racing is provided by: KTM Canada, Race Tech Suspension, Motovan and  Forma boots. ∆

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OFTR NEWS

BY KEN HOEVERMAN

WHERE TO RIDE FAQs We get lots of emails and phone calls about where ORMs may ride and rightly so. It is confusing and not as simple as we would like it to be. Below are some answers to questions we are asked. If your question is not here, email us and we will do our best to answer it and perhaps add it to this list.

Can I ride on ATV and OFSC trails? In most cases, yes. ATV and Snowmobile trails are mostly located on Crown Land in Ontario and you have the right to ride on them. There is no exclusive use of Crown Land although you may be told otherwise. Municipal lands such as forests and rail trails may or may not be restricted so you have to check with the municipality. Some have by-laws that specifically restrict use by vehicle so you have to check with the municipality. You may not ride on trails that are on private property unless it is a designated OFTR trail under agreement with the land owner. Municipal Forest agreements are in place in some parts of the province and you must stay on the OFTR trail. Municipal forests are often gated to thwart garbage dumping and there will be a sign that prohibits trail use unless authorized. In this case there will often be an OFTR near the entrance that designated the area as an authorized OFTR Motorcycle Trail Area.

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municipal office.

Why doesn’t the OFTR publish maps for Crown Land trails? We have some maps available on our website and hope to publish more. See “Where to Ride”. We are understaffed and not funded well enough to do any more, yet. We used a g o o d


portion of our grant monies from 2009 to create what we have, the program was not renewed in 2010. The OFTR was incorporated in 1992 but wasn’t really active until 2006 in regards to land use and organization. Motorcyclists were generally aware of where they could ride and there weren’t many land use concerns. We also had access to roads via conversion (street-legal licensing) so we had no real issues. In 2005, municipal forests and some crown lands were starting to create legislation for trails due to the increase in ATV use and the damage caused. Also, the MNR transferred ownership of many southern forests to municipalities in the mid-1990s which turned public property into municipal property which is governed differently. A municipality can pass by-laws regarding their land and trails.

we realized they weren’t posting the trails, just the trail heads. The submissions made by some groups did not include all the allowed uses either so it is misleading. The OFSC did not submit any trails. We placed the OTC logo and a link on our website and were asked to remove it. We have since removed the link from our website as there were too many calls and emails about the inaccuracies and lack of trail information.

Why isn’t the provincial government involved?

Ontario Trail Ride Series – this is a series of recreational trail rides intended to introduce riders to Ontario trails and other OFTR members. They are rated and often designed for the beginner. If you are unsure, check with the contact person listed for each event.

The ministry for trails in Ontario is the Ministry of Health Promotion(MHP) and we approach them regularly to see what they are doing for ORMs. We applied for many grants under the “Trails for Life” and the “Communities in Action Fund” and were denied. We contact them a few times each year and they have nothing for us. There was an encouraging initiative called ACTIVE 2010 but the links don’t work on the website anymore.

This is confusing and frustrating; I just want to know where to ride. What do I do? Join the OFTR and especially join an OFTR club in the area you plan to ride in. You will meet other club members and gain local knowledge about the trails.

One of our strategies with this ministry was to illustrate the physical benefits of our sport. We applied for research funding and were denied. The OFTR created and financed a small study at the York University Fitness Laboratory that inferred ORM use exceeded jogging in physical benefit. (SEE REPORT) The pilot has since been expended into a full study with the result expected in the fall of 2010.

What about the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)? The MNR doesn’t seem to be in the trail business although they may state otherwise. The MNR entered into a partnership with the Ontario Trails Council (OTC) to map Ontario trails. The MHP funded the OTC’s “find a trail A-Z” and asked the provincial federations to map and submit trail information. The OFTR participated until Traction


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LOCAL MOTORCYCLIST TO CHALLENGE ARCTIC AGAIN CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR FOR: Windsor motorcyclist Bob Munden is at it again. After departing Windsor on June 1 to Key West, Florida on a tiny Honda CBR125cc, he will attempt to set the certified record for the smallest bike to travel from Key West Florida to the Arctic Ocean shoreline at Deadhorse, Alaska (and return to Key West). This represents a total of about 25,000 kilometres. This ride will be conducted under the strict rules and inspection of the Iron Butt Association as to verification and safety. High daily mileages should provide a trip time of between 20 to 25 days. Fresh from setting the record for the smallest motorcycle (125cc) to complete a Coast to Coast ride in under 50 hours last summer, Munden hopes to complete the Southernmost point in North America to the Northernmost accessible point and back again. Although the motorcycle has an engine about the size of the average lawnmower, it is highly modified for the trip. Special lighting, electrically heated clothing and an auxiliary fuel cell are only three of the many modifications required to make this ride a success. Once in Key West, the trip really begins. Going north to Alaska means travelling through 9 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces and one territory. The final push north from Fairbanks in central Alaska will be up the notorious Dalton Highway. A private, mostly dirt road through arctic tundra bisected by the arctic circle. Habitation on this road is scarce and fuel can be as far apart as 390 kilometres with nothing in between except wildlife. Once at the Arctic Ocean Munden plans to dip his toe in the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay and then start the return trip back to Key West via Hyder, Alaska. Hyder is so remote a village that there is no U.S. Customs. You just drive right in from Stewart, B.C. What a treat for someone from Windsor.

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STILL KICKIN’ BY GLEN (COOP) COOPER

A NEW ENERGY

If you are a returning reader of the eRag you will remember that last fall I talked about not riding off-road last season. I seemed to have been in a bit of a funk and was not inspired to ride off-road. Because of this, I have been doing a lot more street riding than off-road riding. Now I am an old-school, sit-down rider, and have been told many times that I could go faster if I stood up. At my age this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I try not to fall off but when I do I don’t really want to be going all that fast anyway. Have you seen the pictures of Larry’s arse? Ouch. But I digress. If you have seen the size of me, you would know how much effort it takes this old guy to lift this tired body up off the seat. Besides, why anyone WANT to stand up? It’s not like I’m riding a KTM with ta plank for a seat. When are they finally going to run out of the hardwood they carve those seats out of? My Yamaha has a wide, plush seat that fits my seat just fine. I have come to the realization that most of my problems and “lack of inspiration” seem to stem from the fact that as you age you shrink. I have read that your back compresses over the years and in our sport with all the serious off-roading that we do it is conceivable that your spine will get shorter from all the jarring that we put it through. Well, I am convinced that my legs have shrunk. With my recently shortened inseam, I was having trouble touching the ground the last few years. To solve this problem, I have purchased and installed a Kouba lowering link for my bike. It has dropped the rear end about 1 ½ to 2 inches - about the same length that my legs have shrunk, so I am back to where I started when I began riding off-road. I just hope the learning curve is not as long. The installation of this new lowering link has me out in the garage looking at the bike more often. With my renewed interest in the Yammy, I have begun to remove some of the clothes and boxes that are piled on and around it. The battery is all charged up and as soon as it warms up I will install it and do some pre-ride maintenance - you know oil, air, filters, chain adjustment, etc. Now where have I left my riding gear? Hope to see you on the trails. Ride Safe, Ride Smart! ∆


diy kneepads

BY DUNCAN STEWART

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Every year dirt bikers spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on parts, fuel and riding gear. Most magazines review products and urge you to spend your hard earned money. This article should help some of you save your money.

Hockey season is coming to an end and most stores are having amazing sales on their hockey equipment. I recently found a pair of youth shin pads for $9 and modified them to make my new off-road knee pads and I’m going to tell you how to do it for yourself:

I have never been happy with the knee pad options available to dirt bikers, but until know I have put up with my options. While I enjoy the knee protection, I feel most of today’s pads have an unnecessary amount of shin padding (today’s boots offer plenty of shin protection). The only upside for this type of knee guard is that they stay in place very well. Searching for the perfect knee protection is a never-ending battle. I’ve tried knee pads intended for in-line skating, volleyball, and construction, but they never stayed in place exposing my knee to danger. Until now I have been able to put up with the pads with bulky shin guards, but they will not fit in my new boots. Now I’m forced to try and find a solution that is less bulky in the shin, but with the same knee protection. If you are reading this, you are in luck because I have found the perfect knee pad.

Step 1. Get yourself a cheap set of hockey shin pads. Make sure the plastic protection is 2 pieces - one for the knee and one for the shin. I suggest 12” or smaller to keep bulk down (Figure 1). Step 2. Cut the stitching holding the shin plastic to the fabric backing and remove the plastic (Figure 2). *Optional Step 3. You may want to stitch a fastening strap onto the fabric backing for extra support. The end product is a hard plastic knee guard with soft fabric shin portion which goes inside the boot and holds everything in place. I have only used them a few times so far, but already find them more comfortable than my old, bulky knee guards. ∆

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exhaust note BY LARRY MURRAY

BMA TOP RIDERS 2010 What better way to start the new riding season off than to give a little recognition to the BMA’s top riders. They were willing to test themselves against Eastern Canada’s best. We should all know and recognize that the BMA riders are at the top of the results time after time. First, I must apologize to all the riders that competed in the Quebec FMSQ series, I had no information about this series when putting this article together, but will work harder at getting it next year. I also want to apologies to anyone I may have overlooked. There are the results from four different series plus BMAs 2010 membership list. This included 67 pages and thousands of names, with many riders riding in several classes over the year. I must tell you that I was filled with pride to see the number of BMA riders that competed and how well they had done. I know that the talent in this club runs deep but the effort and results are outstanding! Fifteen of our rider finished in the top six positions in their classes and

not just at one event but overall. Please take the time to look over the list below, give each of them your support and offer them your help were you can. Ask yourself if you to could/should be on this list? There are lots of new names on this list. I know most of them, but there is one I have not experienced riding with and that is Cole Walt (age 6) and first place winner of the Ontario Cross Country Championship Peewee Class. Cole, I would like someday to go out for a ride with you. Let me know when and I will be there. But Cole, please slow down so I can keep up. I plan on taking a group of riders to ride the Corduroy Trails in July/August in preparation for riding the Corduroy Enduro (Two days in September) - Canada’s number one off-road event. If you want to come along, let me know. ∆ Just for Fun! Larry

2010 BMA RACE RESULTS BMA 2010 TOP RIDERS NAME CLASS CROSS COUNTRY ENDURO ONTARIO COMBINED EASTERN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP CHAMPIONSHIP CHAMPIONSHIP ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP MIKE JONKER EXPERT 1 3 1 6 DAVE WRACK 5 DENIS LIBERSAN VET EXPERT 3 6 1 KEN BEACH INTERMEDIATE 2 3 1 3 ROB JACKSON 2 4 TREVOR BYLSMA 4 DAVE BEACH NOVICE 4 2 4 MATT LENORD 1 LYNSAY CAVE VET 38 4 3 CHRIS MARTIN 1 4 3 DAVE PERCIVAL SUPER VET 3 6 STEVE COVERLEY SUPER VET 5 4 TOM IRWIN 1 DAVE BEACH NOVICE 2 2 COLE WALT PEEWEE 1

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